1. What was your role during your internship?
I did my internship at the headquarters of Renault, which
is a French multinational vehicle manufacturer. As part of
the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the company is the 4th-largest
automotive group by production in 2013.
My internship took place at the Global Sales Division, within
the Statistics and Short-Term Forecasts department, which is
in charge of producing the statistics of official sales and TIVs
(Total Industry Vehicles) on a worldwide scale.
As an intern, I had the opportunity to work on two different
areas. Firstly, I was in charge of producing statistical reports
concerning the sales in Asia-Pacific and Eurasia. Secondly, I
produced world sales forecasts by working with consultants
and internal teams to analyze large quantities of data, build
models and create tools effectively balancing quality, availability,
timeliness, and cost factors.
Finally, I was in charge of automatizing statistical data
crunching through a panel project in collaboration with the
2. How did your experience at TSE help you on the job?
My experience as a student of the Economics and Statistics
section at TSE has given me solid skills to work on statistical
projects using different statistical software in order to perform
high level database management.
Furthermore, the different economic models I learnt during
my Bachelors (Mathematics & Economics) gave me the
opportunity to understand better the internal forecast
models used at Renault to forecast future sales, and to understand
better the links between commercial demand (with its
estimation of risks and opportunities) and industrial response
Moreover, as the internship required working with consultants
and internal teams from different departments,
a certain sense of social relationships and team spirit was
essential. My experiences within the TSE Junior Etudes have
actually given me the opportunity to be part of a large team,
and to work with people of different backgrounds, as well as
clients from different fields and networks; this was all helpful
for the smoothness of my internship.
3. How did you get the internship? Do you have any advice
for students looking for a job in a similar field?
I got the internship by applying for an offer posted by the
director of the Masters programme, Christine Thomas. I sent a
CV to the person in charge of the recruitment and was interviewed
by phone. The interview lasted one hour. First, I talked
about myself and my personality, as well as my motivation for
joining the company and the Global Sales Division.
However, as the internship was technical, the recruiter
seemed to be more interested in the different projects that
I had already carried out during my studies and previous
I would really advise students who are looking for internships
and jobs in the field of quantitative research to highlight
the different skills they have already acquired during their
studies and workshops, in order to be more attractive for
the recruiter. Talking about a previous experience gives the
candidate more authenticity.
Furthermore, it is very important to ask questions and more
details about the internship/job proposed, before starting
to say that you are interested in it. In fact, asking questions
could give you a more precise view of the different tasks that
you would do if you get the internship. It may also give you
an idea on the skills you have already acquired that match
the internship/job, and hence allow you to talk about these
skills and the context where you acquired them.